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Ikanos software lets you control your PC with an iPhone/Windows Mobile

by Brad Linder, posted Dec 22nd 2007 3:57PM
iPhone SideShowOne of the coolest features in Windows Vista (for Media Center users anyway) is SideShow. This new protocol lets you interact with your PC from a secondary device. For example, there are a handful of pricey remote controls that let you browse your media library and play music or movies without turning on your primary display. But these are niche devices for serious home theater enthusiasts who are willing to spend over a hundred dollars on a remote control.

But what if you could turn your PDA or cellphone into a SideShow device? We've been hearing for ages that Microsoft plans to add SideShow features to Windows Mobile devices, but it looks like Ikanos Consulting has beat them to the punch. The company is beta testing its Go Gadgets software that lets you use any Windows Mobile 5.0/6 phone or PDA as a SideShow device. That means you can use it as a remote control, or if you're away from home, you can schedule TV recordings, check a grocery list, or access other features on your home PC.

Ikanos is also developing an iPhone compatible version of its software. While turning an Apple product into a Windows SideShow device might sound a bit crazy, it actually makes a lot of sense. Ikanos is developing a web-based service for interacting with Windows Vista SideShow. And since Apple's vision for the iPhone was all about web-based software applications, all Ikanos has to do is ensure that their service works well with the iPhone's Safari browser. The iPhone application isn't available for download yet, but you can grab a beta of the Windows Mobile by emailing Ikanos at beta _at_ ikanosconsulting.com.

Check out a video demonstration of the Windows Mobile software after the jump.

[via Mobility Site]

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